Get Educated Rankings of Top Online Colleges for Online Bachelor Degree Affordability

Sep 28, 2011, 14:22 ET from

BURLINGTON, Vt., Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today,,, the nation's leading publisher of objective rankings and reviews of online degrees, released its Best Online Colleges list of the top criminal justice degrees for cost and affordability.

"The University of Phoenix Online, America's Largest For-profit Online School, Earns a 'D-' for College Affordability; Western Carolina University (NC) and Fort Hays State University (KS) Rank #1 for Low Cost"

Best Online Universities – Affordable Online Degrees

Western Carolina University (NC) ranks #1 on the Get Educated "Best Buy" list for its online bachelors in criminal justice. Online learners who are North Carolina residents pay a low rate of about $14,000 for this distance degree. (Out of state students pay considerably more at $52,480).

Fort Hays State University (KS) ranks #2 overall – #1 as the least expensive online college for justice students nationwide – for its bachelor of science in justice. The Fort Hays distance bachelor degree costs about $21,576 for online students nationwide regardless of their state of residency.

By comparison, the average cost for an online degree in the justice, police, security or legal major area rings in at $44,800 – double the cost charged by low-cost leaders Fort Hays and Western Carolina.

At $68,400, the University of Phoenix Online ranks among the top least affordable online colleges in the survey.

Top Pricey Online Universities

The top most expensive online degrees:

University of Phoenix Online – Arizona ($68,400)
University of Great Falls - Montana ($71,100)
South University Online – Georgia ($71,760)
Drexel UniversityPennsylvania ($118,300)

The Get Educated best online degree cost rankings are based on a comprehensive national survey of 39 online criminal justice schools (regionally accredited) that offer 56 different online bachelor degrees.

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